Do ONE thing for emergency preparedness

Continuing in the tradition established by SAA and Heritage Preservation, FAIC encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. This year, make sure your institution is prepared!

Need inspiration? Explore this page for suggested preparedness activities and information about a prize drawing, courtesy of Gaylord Archival!

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Suggested Preparedness Activities

Disaster preparedness doesn’t have to be difficult! You can take simple steps throughout the year toward your goals. Why not start this MayDay? Here are some suggestions:

  • If you have a disaster plan, dust it off and bring it up to date.
  • If you don't have a plan, make a timeline for developing one.
  • Get to know your local firefighters and police. Invite them to tour your institution and give pointers on safety and preparedness. FAIC offers a poster outlining tips for working with emergency responders.
  • Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or building (such as a dust storm, leaking water pipe, heavy snow, or power failure) and outline steps to mitigate them. Use FAIC's tools for risk evaluation.
  • Evaluate your need for a priority contract with a disaster recovery firm.
  • Conduct a building evacuation drill and evaluate the results.
  • Eliminate hazards such as boxes and furniture in hallways, blocked fire exits, or improper storage of paints and solvents.
  • Identify and label priority collections and objects for evacuation during emergencies. Which are most important to your mission, irreplaceable, or most fragile?
  • Register for a free course to learn how your institution fits into existing emergency response protocols. A list is available here.



Still looking for a MayDay activity? Be sure to check out one of these programs:

April 24th 2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT 
"Avoiding Ambulance Chasers: Working with Emergency Recovery Vendors"
Connecting to Collection Care Online Community

April 26th 9:00 am EDT
Preservation Week Twitter Conference 
Society for American Archivists Preservation Section

May 1st 

May 3rd 2:00 pm EDT
Picking Up the Pieces: Helping Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage Organizations After Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Heritage Emergency Response Alliance

May 16th 2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT
Risk Assessment for Cultural Institutions
American Institute for Conservation's Emergency Committee

Get Social 

Find more MayDay ideas on social media! Check out the hashtag #MayDayPrep on Facebook and Twitter to see more preparedness ideas and posts from others.

Prize Drawing

FAIC has teamed up with Gaylord Archival to offer exciting incentives for organizations who participate in MayDay 2018!

Submit your preparedness activities to FAIC using our online submission form.

We'll be accepting submissions through May 31, 2018, so make sure that you share your activities with us before then! On June 1, 2018, we'll pick the lucky six institutions who will receive prizes.